Carolina eliminated – May 27, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-05-27

 

There have been some reports that some members of the Montreal Canadiens' brass have been drunk a lot lately. In related news, there are also reports that Kovalev has been offered a contract in the $7 million range, as well as the captaincy. I think both reports need to be true, or neither are.

 

Kovalev? Seriously? Save your money, give the kids a shot. You'll be surprised. Dumb.

 

This is what we can take from some of Carolina's players, now that they are out…
– Eric Staal was showing signs of being a 100-point player again in the latter stages of the season. After a monster playoff it may be a good gamble to count on him for at worst his second best season of his career next season.
– Jussi Jokinen never got a fair shake in TB. In Dallas he was considered a talented player with the best work ethic, even studying videos of the opposition. I say he bounces back to at least 55 next year.
– Chad Larose is pulling a Todd Marchant. That is to say, showing more offense than usual as he enters UFA status.
– Where did Ray Whitney go? Almost a point a game in the season, but 11 measly points and a minus-9 in the playoffs? I've been expecting a decline from him for awhile.
– Sergei Samsonov – the best player who can't score. Man that guy has moves, but he doesn't get the points. That happened in the season, too. But the coach loves him so I still think he'll flirt with 60 next  year.
– Erik Cole, was he on this team because I can't remember.
– Rod the Bod – so much for a late-season surge. He turns 39 soon, so it's safe to say that 55 points are out of reach now.
– Anton Babchuk – all that great promise disappeared in just 13 games. Still a risky pick.
– Cam Ward had a great season and solid playoffs. He has definitely arrived and could reach 40 wins next campaign.

 

As will often be the case throughout the summer, I had a lot to say throughout the day yesterday, so if you missed it click "next" below.

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TB prospect Radek Smolenak has apparently signed to play in the KHL next year. This after finally turning his career around and giving himself a shot at the NHL.